You can push new site content to your social media profiles automatically.
Social sharing drives traffic by placing your content on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Using the "push" option, you can tell Squarespace to automatically create new posts on your preferred social profiles when you publish new collection items. This is a great shortcut, cutting down the time of manually opening your social profiles and copying and pasting links.
You can push these Squarespace content collection items:
- Blog posts
- Gallery Page images or videos
- Album tracks
You can push content to these social media platforms:
Note: If you're seeing the wrong thumbnail images or descriptions in Facebook posts from Squarespace, there's a chance Facebook doesn't have the most updated information. For help, visit Troubleshooting Facebook sharing issues.
Note: This isn't an automatic sync between Squarespace and your social networks. Repeat these steps for every post you want to publish.
Step 1 - Connect your accounts
In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Connected Accounts. You can either connect a new account or click one you already connected to open its settings.
Leave Show Push Option checked.
Note: For Tumblr, select a Primary Blog from the drop-down menu instead.
Step 2 - Select a push target (Pinterest and Facebook)
For Pinterest and Facebook, select a Push Target from the drop-down menu. This tells us where to post if you have multiple Facebook pages or Pinterest boards. For Facebook, the dropdown is limited to 25 accounts.
General tip: If you're setting this up for someone else, ensure you've selected the correct Facebook or Pinterest account.
Facebook tip: To always post from your personal profile, select This Account. To always post from a page you manage (for example, your business or store's official page), select the Facebook page.
Check Impersonate Page to push content to Facebook as your Facebook Page. This is a good option if you'd like the post to look like it came from within Facebook, rather than pushed from your Squarespace site.
Note: If no board is set, you won't be able to push content to Pinterest. Only one board can be set for pushing content, but your visitors can share or pin content to their own boards using Pin It and Share buttons.
Step 3 - Create a default post format (optional)
You can customize what appears in all posts from a social profile in its Default Posting Format box. This helps keep your posts consistent, but you can also customize each post individually when pushing to add more details.
Repeat these steps to customize each social profile where you publish your content.
Use a combination of custom text and the variables below to format your posts, then click Save.
- %t - The title of the item you're sharing
- %a - The author of the item you're sharing
- %u - The URL of the item you're sharing
You must leave at least one variable in the field to push your post to most services, even if you choose not to customize the format.
Note: On Facebook, your post title will be your page title by default.
Tip: If you're using the variables, add spaces between them so the posts format correctly.
Here's how the formatting "%t %a %u" will appear on Facebook:
- Red - Title (%t)
- Yellow - Author (%a)
- Green - URL (%u)
Pinterest best practices
When sharing with Pinterest, you don't need to include the %u variable because the post's URL pushes automatically.
Facebook best practices
When sharing with Facebook, you can add default text to display with your URL.
Twitter best practices
When sharing with Twitter, always include the %u variable to ensure that your tweet will link to your content.
Step 4 - Publish and share your content
After connecting your accounts and customizing your default posting formats, you're ready to start sharing your content whenever you publish.
- When editing content, in the Social tab of the editor, you'll see sharing options for each social profile you've connected.
- Ensure each account in the Social tab is toggled to ON.
- Review the Posting Format box for each option, which is automatically set by the default post format for the account. To change it or add a custom message, you can edit this field using text or variables.
- Click Save & Publish to publish the content to your site and simultaneously share it on social media.
Note: Blog posts and products must have thumbnail images to display on Pinterest.
Note: Tumblr only displays certain blocks from your blog posts. To learn more, visit Using Tumblr with Squarespace.
To share an item again on the same social network, manually share its URL. It isn't possible to post the same item multiple times using the Social tab. To learn about what displays when you post links from your site to social media, visit Which images display in social posts and What text displays in social posts.
Note: This example is a blog post, but the same process is used for Gallery Page images and videos, events, products, and album tracks.
Step 5 - Set a Social Sharing Logo
You can suggest social networks use a specific thumbnail image to accompany your posts by setting a Social Sharing Logo.
Visit Troubleshooting Facebook sharing issues for more help.
More social sharing options
To explore different ways you can use social media with your site, visit Understanding social sharing with Squarespace.
Just a few of the options are: